Father's Touching Footage of Premature Baby's First Year Goes Viral

11/26/2013 AT 10:00 AM EST

For a new mother, holding her baby for the first time is one of the indescribable moments of joy that comes with parenthood. Many moms experience this minutes after the birth of their child, but Lyndsey Miller had to wait four days when her son Ward was born.

This is just one of the struggles faced by parents of premature infants, and photographer Ben Miller captured his own family's heart-wrenching story in his video "First Year."

Ward was born three and a half months early at only 1.5 pounds. From the start, Miller filmed his son, recording Ward from his 107-day stay in the NICU to the one-year anniversary of his homecoming, giving the video as a surprise birthday gift to his wife.

The video has now grown into viral hit, having captured the complex relationship between heartache and hope that parents of premature babies experience. For Miller, the ultimate message is, as he told TODAY Moms, "Love can do a lot."

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